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Jay's 2017 Fall/Winter Maintenance Recommendations

It's that time of year again, and time to get ready for the seasons ahead, so these are

Jay's 2017 Fall/Winter Maintenance Recommendations

While not intended to be exhaustive, and you may have things you personally like to take care of, you might consider the following!

* Winterize the exterior hose bib valves.  Turn off the interior valves, open the exterior bibs and loosen the little cap beside the interior valve to break the vacuum and let water drain out.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Replace batteries that are old. 

*  Spruce up any exterior caulking.  Be sure to use the right caulk for the right application!  Caulking is the cheapest and easiest energy saver.  Don't apply it if the temperature is under 50F and be sure it dries before it freezes.

Boilers - check the safety relief valve.

*  Furnace - if you have a maintenance contract with a licensed company have it taken care of.  Oil furnaces should be checked for back puffing. 

*  Clean moss on the roof.  Use something that does not kill the plants and shrubbery below!

*  Clean gutters of debris.  If you live near trees consider the solid gutter covers and eliminate the chore!

Place sticky cricket catchers in the garage and basement!  This is their time of year to come inside.

*  Septic system - pump the tank if it's time.  If you have two fields be sure to divert the valve to send effluent to the unused side.

*  Check the chimney for creosote and clean if needed.  Repair any damage.

*  Improve the foundation drainage as necessary.

Test GFI receptacles.  Test AFCI circuit breakers.

*  Check the garage door reversing mechanism.  Put your foot through the photo-eye plane to see if the door reverses.

Gas water heater - drain some water from the bottom to remove any sludge build up.

*  Open crawl space vents.  Check the insulation under the floor, if any.

*  Dryer - clean behind the appliance and where the exhaust vent tubing enters the wall.  Outdoors check the vent flap and clean as needed.

Private water system - pump air into the pressure tank if pressure is weak.

Sprinkler system - if you are unable, have your maintenance company come by to blow the water out of the lines and disconnect connections where needed.

*  Kitchen - clean dust from under or behind the fridge; clean the range hood and clean the exhaust fan filter screens; clean the disposal - vinegar and baking soda work well, followed by grinding lemon peels.

This is by no means a complete list, but it will serve you well.

Preparation is everything.  One of the best mottoes ever written is "Be Prepared."  Sound advice.

My recommendation:  be regular and diligent!  In the long run, maintenance costs about 1% of the value of the house.  If you pay attention to the small stuff the big things will take care of themselves.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 29 commentsJay Markanich • September 16 2017 11:49AM

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Good morning Jay. Even as a renter currently, some of your list is still a must! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 9 months ago

Oh yippeee....here comes my bookmark and a hunk of our newsletter ...thank you Jay Markanich  !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 9 months ago

Jay, a great list and now if homeowners would just follow it.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 9 months ago

I can always tell when I get one of those homes that the owners have been doing the regular maintenance they should do, they are a joy!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) 9 months ago

The bibs are a big deal and we forgot to unhook a hose last year and $350 later we felt pretty foolish.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 9 months ago

Hi Jay- this is an excellent list. When we moved to Leesburg, VA. from the south I remember having a company do whatever it is they do to our sprinkler system. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 9 months ago

Jay Markanich Those are very good maintenance tips for Fall and Winter.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 9 months ago

                   

                         Thank you Jay Markanich 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 9 months ago

A looong time ago, Wayne, I used to manage properties for friends who were in the foreign service and trusted me with their properties.  I had a list just like this for the homes I took care of!

Feel free, S&D.  I'm sure the list works where you are too!

That, William, is the rub!  Every now and then I will be driving home in the evening and hear the weather for the night and remember that I had not yet winterized my hose bibs!

Yep, Fred.  And we often can see that when we pull up in the car!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

The plumbers love that, Joe!  And around here that price would be low!

Kathy - what they do is turn off the sprinklers indoors and take apart the valve outdoors.  Then they hook up an air pump to each side and blow the water out of the buried tubes and sprinkler heads.  The tubing is not very deep and can break easily when frozen.  If it's empty of water it will not break.

And thanks for the feature!  Again?  You are quite the masochist having me over there again!

My cousins in Cocoa Beach stayed home during the hurricane and the house had a little damage but they lost all their fruit trees.  They were MOST upset by that!

Thanks John.  They come out every year!  I might even have another one next spring...

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

Yes, great list, thank you. I just called my chimney guy yesterday.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 9 months ago

Some great tips here, Jay.  Yes, that 50 degree mark is critical for new work.  Only a few weeks left for exterior painting, too.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) 9 months ago

I happy that you happy, Kat.  You have chimneys there?  Kidding.

Debbie - maybe!  And as to paint, 50 degrees is the floor!  It's so often that I see people painting in the winter!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

I can see why Kathy chose to pick your post for her wrap up this week!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) 9 months ago

Good morning Jay - thank you for those reminders.  I am glad to know I am doing the major ones but have a few in your list that I should check.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 9 months ago

Bet there are some vendors that rely on the fact that many homeowners won't do these things!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 9 months ago

This is timely information to share with home owners.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago

What Kristin!?  You didn't see it the first time?  I'm, I'm, well, I'm kidding.

To the utmost farthing, Grant.  And good for you!

True Jeff.  And there are those who rely only vendors!  But this sort of thing has to be done, one way or the other.

That's why I posted it now, Roy!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

This is a great list for all home owners to follow... including us! we always talk about the sellers  this is a list for everyone! Very Nice!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) 9 months ago

Glad you enjoyed it!  Stay tuned next spring for one then, Debra. 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

Good morning Jay, this is a great list you've provided, even for FL. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 9 months ago

We glad you glad, Beth!  Keep stopping by!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

Great advice! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) 9 months ago

Good post, great timing!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) 9 months ago

Glad you enjoyed it, Corey!  I come to AR to be instructed too.

Stephen - it's fall!  Time for the list! 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

This is a nice list of tips, Jay. I send something similar to all my Landlords and Tenants. It's about time to button up the hatches!

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty & Management) 9 months ago

'Tis time, 'tis, Nathan.  Glad you liked the list!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

Now my next newsletter is almost complete....call this bookmarked !  Thank you !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 9 months ago

Does this complete it?    ---->

 

 

Or a ghostly thumbs up?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

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